One Earth Film Festival

Sunday, Mar 7, 2021 at 11:00am

Oak Park, IL 60301

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The Midwest's Premier Environmental Film Festival.

If you love movies and you care about your health, your community and our magnificent planet we call home, join us for the 10th anniversary season of the One Earth Film Festival.


11:00am: Together We Cycle

Arne Gielen and Gertjan Hulster/2020/70 min/Transportation, Climate Change, Social Justice, People & Cultures

FILM DESCRIPTION: The film “Together We Cycle” investigates the critical events that have led to the revival of Dutch cycling culture. For most people, cycling in the Netherlands seems a natural phenomenon. However, until the 1970s the development of mobility in the Netherlands followed trends across the globe. The bicycle had had its day, and the future belonged to the car. The only thing that had to be done was to adapt cities to the influx of cars.

Then Dutch society took a different turn. Against all odds people kept on cycling. Why this happened in the Netherlands has no easy answer. In “Together We Cycle,” key players tell the story of the bumpy road which led to the current state, where cycling is an obvious choice for most citizens.

Tickets available to viewers in any country except The Netherlands.

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3:00pm: Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

Ann Kaneko/2020/82 min/Historical Perspectives, Social Justice, Water, People & Cultures

FILM DESCRIPTION: “Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust” provides a fresh interpretation of the Japanese American confinement site by examining the environmental and political history behind the World War II camp. Prior to the war, Manzanar was where Native Americans were driven out and farmers and ranchers were bought out by the L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP). By connecting this camp to California’s environmental history, this film shows the intersectionality of how Japanese Americans, Indigenous communities, and locals have been mistreated by government entities that have not served the interests of all of their citizenry. This film aspires to bridge these communities and engage in important public discussion. Manzanar is a site of conscience that all of these communities can claim as their own.

Tickets available to U.S. viewers only.

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6:30pm: Public Trust: The Fight for America's Public Lands

David Garrett Byars/2020/98 min/Conservation, Energy, Social Justice, People & Culture

FILM DESCRIPTION: Our public lands and waters are under threat. Despite support from voters across the political spectrum, our public lands face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political exposé, “Public Trust” investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts—a national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their continued protection.

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